- almeidad at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
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Debora Almeida joined Bournemouth University in 2017 as a Lecturer in Operating Department Practice (ODP) following a clinical, academic and managerial career in general hospitals, private clinics, surgical units and higher education in the South of Brazil.
Having trained and performed as a professional ballerina for some years, Debbie developed an interest in the human body and its abilities and limits. This led her to another academic qualification as a surgical technologist and subsequent position as a clinical skills instructor and lecturer for the surgical technology course.
After spending most of her professional life in operating theatres and academic environment, Debbie moved to England and qualified as and ODP, practicing in both private and public sectors before re-embarking on the academic life.
Nowadays, Debbie splits her time between clinical practice working as an ODP; academic life sharing knowledge with ODP students; and research doing her PhD, which is about infant cardiac arrest and quality/retention of infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)...
“My aim as a lecturer is to facilitate learning experiences to enable my students to progress academically and develop professionally. I believe on the power of sharing knowledge to promote critical thinking and evidence based practice.”more
Current research based on the investigation of quality of infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills and how long it takes for the skills to decay and become ineffective.
The aim of this research is to develop an optimal CPR re-training schedule for hospitals and healthcare providers.
Consistency of human performance during infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation (iCPR) – experimental study to investigate how consistent a person is performing iCPR. This is an important measure to identify changes in performance over a set time frame as skill decay/improvement or just inconsistent performance.
Profile of Teaching PG
- Patient Care in Anaesthesia
Profile of Teaching UG
- Dip (HE) ODP Foundations in Surgical Care
- Dip (HE) ODP Care in Surgery
- Dip (HE) ODP Clinical Skills
- BSc (Hons) ODP Surgery 1
- BSc (Hons) ODP Surgical Placement
- BSc (Hons) ODP Surgery 2
- BSc (Hons) ODP Surgery 3
- BSc (Hons) ODP Anaesthesia 2
- Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals, Operating Department Practitioner (2015-)
- unit lead, Unit lead for BSc (Hons) ODP Surgery 1, Surgical Placement, Surgery 2 and Surgery 3
- Unit lead, Unit lead for PG Patient Care in Anaesthesia
- Admissions Lead for ODP programme, BU Admissions
- Academic lead for PIER engagement, PIER group
- HEA fellowship mentor; reviewer; panel member, HEA Fellowship
Public Engagement & Outreach Activities
- Talk about my current research to the public
- Provide an overview of the BSc (Hons) ODP programme to potential students and parents/carers
- Event organised to raise awareness to cardiac arrest and to teach as many people as possible to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
- Engagement event for sixth form and college students to learn about Operating Department Practice (ODP experience some activities related to the profession.
- Association for Perioperative Practice, Member,
- Higher Education Academy, Fellow,
- The Health and Care Professions Council, Member,